Before Sue Perkins: other stars who have quit Twitter

Sue Perkins is not the only celebrity to have announced they are leaving Twitter.

Downton Abbey star Lily James quit Twitter after trolling from fans who did not like her Downton storyline.

She told the Radio Times: “I was surprised people had an opinion about me, but now I don’t want to engage with that stuff.”

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry (Ian West/PA)


Near the end of last year, Stephen Fry announced he was leaving Twitter for a month.

Closing down on Twitter while filming. In a place whence I've been advised it is safest not to tweet. See you December. Here goes…

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) November 6, 2014


He is now back on the social media site.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj (Jordan Strauss/Invision)


Singer Nicki Minaj took a short break before returning to Twitter. At the time she said: “A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did.”

In 2012 Little Britain Star Matt Lucas left Twitter for some time after a 16-year-old tweeted him a joke relating to his former partner’s death.

Matt Lucas (Sylvain Gaboury/AP)

Matt Lucas (Sylvain Gaboury/AP)


Matt replied saying: “I’m not joking. I think you should delete that tweet. It really upset me.”

He later announced he was leaving Twitter: “I appreciate all the support on here over the past couple of years but it’s time to shut down my Twitter account.”


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